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Eric Otten

July 9, 1958 - August 14, 2019

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  • Memorial Service
  • September 12, 2019 | 10:00 A.M.
  • United Church of Christ, 1192 Olesen Dr, Naperville IL
  • Burial Location

Eric Otten, 61, originally of Morton Grove, died August 14, 2019 in St Charles, after a long extended battle with complications from a brain tumor.

Eric is the son of the late William and Lydia Otten; beloved father of Carly and Maggie Norton; brother of Mark and Roberta; best friend of Scott Diener and Mark Ehrman.

Eric was an Evans Scholar University of Wisconsin graduate in 1981, and was an experienced almost scratch golfer.  He took great pleasure in playing guitar and conversing with friends across the US and the globe over his love of music.  He enjoyed sharing his musical prowess with his daughters to ensure their love of classic rock and roll, blues and all types of music.  He also enjoyed traveling to New Zealand to spend time with his brother and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Christ, 1192 Olesen Dr, Naperville IL at 10am on September 12th, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eric’s name to the Evans Scholars Foundation or the American Brain Tumor Association.


Jelena Bennett from Auckland , WY

"We loved you E and will miss you madly. We had so many good times and appreciated your humour and love of music and family. Rest easy brother Xx"

Jelena Bennett from Auckland , AK

"We loved you E and will miss you madly. I appreciated your humour and love of music and family. We had so many good times. Rest easy brother Xx"

Clive Bennett from Auckland , AK

"Big Brother Eric! One of our family who loved New Zealand and we loved his visits. Always interesting conversations and lots of laughs plus a few lectures on American politics! Sadly missed by us all but left a legacy of good memories .. RIP Eric."

Rheannon Ashton from Auckland , AK

"Eric, I loved having the privilege to get to know you, on your trips to NZ to visit our whānau. I love how much time you always had for my mum and I. We will all miss you so so much. Rest in Love xxxx"

Donna from Auckland, AK

"Such a massive loss - loved you like a brother Eric. Always great to catch up with you while you were in the Land of the Long White Cloud. You're zest for life, fun and frivolity will be dearly missed. We had a special bond that not everyone is lucky to experience. Thank you for being a part of my life - albeit for a short time. XOXO"

Rod Levell from Truth Or Consequences, NM

"We all loved Eric and his amazing wit and incredible knowledge of music. He will be sorely missed at the Hamer Fan Club. Godspeed, Caddie! Your pal, specialk"

Clive Otten from Auckland, AK

"Got so many memories with Eric that I will never forget. So devastated and heartbroken that he left us so soon. He was awesome to be around and introduced to me to Chicago sports and I will always be a fan. Gone too soon Eric, Rest In Peace uncle."

Jenn from Auckland, AK

"E... Your smile would light 1000 rooms. Your laugh was infectious... I feel so incredibly blessed to have known you... Your love of life and your NZ whanau warmed mine and many others hearts... Trust in us that we will take care of your beloved younger bro Mark. Rest Easy our American brother. Forever in our hearts Jenn ❤️"

Matthew Allison from Shanghai, AK

"Missing you, my Auckland wedding dance partner. Will keep on boogying, remembering always how you made me and so many others smile. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Matthew"

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